High blood pressure significantly increases your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Do yourself a favour by getting those numbers down by eating a specific Indonesian food.
In the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers investigated the link between diet and blood pressure.
The randomised double-blind crossover study observed 352 adults with prehypertension or stage one hypertension.
Prehypertension is blood pressure that is higher than normal (120/80mmHg), but not high enough to be considered high blood pressure (140/90mmHg).
What’s systolic and diastolic blood pressure?
Blood pressure readings, such as 120/80mmHg, represent the systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
The first number (120) is the systolic measurement while the second number (80) is the diastolic measurement.
Systolic blood pressure measures the force exerted on the arterial walls when the heart pumps blood.
The diastolic blood pressure measures the force exerted on the arterial walls when the heart relaxes (in between beats).
Tempeh – a traditional Indonesian food – is a brilliant source of soy protein.
Pronounced as “tem-pay”, it’s made from cooked soya beans that are then fermented.
Popular in vegetarians and vegan diets, it’s a great substitute for meat.
Akin to tofu, it readily absorbs the flavours it is cooked in.
Moreover, it would be beneficial to cut down on how often you eat salty foods (and the portion size).
These can include bacon, anchovies, cheese, gravy granules, ham, olives, pickles, prawns, salami, soy sauce and stock cubes.
Pre-packaged foods will have a nutrition label that displays information on the salt content.
The label may be colour-coded (aim for green), or show the salt content as a percentage of your reference intake (RI).